Our 14th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Auction was a success!


We had a fantastic evening! Silas’ keynote was terrific, and we are so happy we met him in person! So here he’s with some board members. 

In this photo, our ESOL student Dulce is holding author Silas House’s book, and he’s holding Dulce’s first story. Dulce spoke to the audience and shared her experience as a student and her intention to be a writer and a motivational speaker.


There is still time to contribute to our Fund-A-Need auction. You can donate HERE.

 Thank you to everyone who came. We appreciate you! See the highlights of the night generously taken by Jesse Kitt, Jesse Kitt Photography.


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2022 Authors for Literacy was a triumph!

Authors for Literacy 2022


Authors for Literacy 2022 was a triumph! Finally, after several delays and date changes, we could enjoy an evening with Delia Owens. Her keynote was terrific!

She also spent time doing a Q&A and signed copies of Where the Crawdads sing for folks. 

Authors for Literacy 2022


The Fund-A-Need auction raised over $37,000!  If you were there, THANK YOU! There is still time to contribute!

Authors for Literacy 2022

You can see more photos of the event on this page or our Facebook account.
Thank you, Jesse, from Photo KIt Photography, for doing a fantastic job.
Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission to transform lives and communities through the power of literacy and our vision of a just and equitable community in which literacy is accessible and achievable by all!
Authors for Literacy 2022

Our core values

Lifelong Learning

  • We believe the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong journey for our students, tutors, staff, board, and community.
  • We offer transformative learning experiences to people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.

Individual Dignity

  • We believe individuals have the power to reach their own potential through teaching, learning, and community involvement. 
  • We trust and believe in our students when they share their experiences, goals, insights, and vision. 
  • We co-create learning environments where the dignity, worth, and complexity of each person is honored. 

Equity and Justice

  • We believe access to lifelong quality education is the cornerstone of a more just and equitable society.
  • We commit to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization and recognize that racism is a major barrier to achieving a community where literacy is accessible to all. 
  • We serve as equal partners with students, tutors, staff, and board to help students reach their goals.

Leadership and Innovation

  • We respond to a changing landscape, creating new pathways for groups and individuals to reach their full potential. 
  • We initiate collaboration in a nonpartisan manner to engage the community in advocating for the change required to create a more literate Buncombe County.
  • We commit to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and integrity in all individual, business, and community interactions.

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12th Annual Authors for Literacy Recap

What an incredible night with author Daniel Wallace. He gave a wonderful talk, including a self-deprecating reading from some of his early writing. 

See the highlights of the night generously taken by Jesse Kitt, Jesse Kitt Photography.




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2019 Auction Item Preview

We are receiving so many exciting donations for the 12th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction and we’d like to offer a preview of just a few of the items that will be up for bidding. Enjoy!

Lexington Glassworks Appalachia Vase
"A Time for Us", framed giclee by Phil DeAngelo
Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours for two
Optical Wonders handmade stained glass kaleidoscope
David Lee original watercolor on silk
Stephen Forbes-de-Soule Thrown Raku Vase
Gold, diamond, and ruby bracelet
Gold, diamond, and ruby earrings
Mark Gardner turned cherry bowl
Ikat pillows
Amolia Willowsong beaded bracelet and earrings
Jewels That Dance sterling silver/24K gold "Hoopla" earrings
Lexington Glassworks Appalachia Vase

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2019 Spelling Bee Exceeds Goals

Literacy Council’s 28th Annual Spelling Bee, Beauty and the Bee, was an incredible success! We set a goal to raise $7,000 to help us to continue to provide free literacy tutoring and resources to children and adults in our community, with actual fundraising exceeding $11,000. This is an all-time record for our spelling bee events — way to go everyone!


This year’s crowned champions, Soomo Learning’s Spelling Beasts


First runner up went to team Extended Metaphors


Second runner up went to team SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself


Best team costume awarded to The Queen Bees


The intense (and hilarious) competition finally found a winner after four or five (we lost count) championship spell-off rounds, with Soomo Learning’s Spelling Beasts crowned as the victors!

See the action on WLOS!

First Prize Winner The Spelling Beasts won four tickets to see David Sedaris live at the US Cellular Center on April 14.

First Runner Up Extended Metaphors won three fun passes to Nantahala Outdoor Center and travel coffee mugs from The 828 Asheville Radio Group.

Second Runner Up SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself received a Hi-Wire Brewing group tour for up to 20 people.

Best Team Costume awarded to The Queen Bees received gift certificates to Mr. K’s Used Books, Music and More.

Highest Fundraiser Spellbound by Food received three Spirit Airlines tickets.

Second Highest Fundraiser The Queen Bees received a 10-visit pass to the JCC Aquatic Center.

A huge thank-you to all the teams who competed this year: Bees’ Knees (Janet Jennings & friends); Bees Louise (Buncombe Partnership for Children); Extended Metaphors (Flatiron Writer’s Room & Gold Leaf Literary Agency); The Southern Spelles (Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe); SpellBinders (ESOL tutor team); Spellbound by Food (Chestnut/Corner Kitchen/Chupacabra Latin Cafe); SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself (Ben Fehsenfeld & friends); Spelling Beasts (Soomo Learning); Team Chai Pani (Chai Pani Restaurant); The Queen Bees (Adult Education tutor team); Those Who Spelt It Dealt It (Hobbit Hawes & friends); Word Buzzards (John Huie & friends)

Thank you to our wonderful emcee David Ostergaard; judges Peter Elgie, Robin Corden Payne, Tom Chalmers, and Emily Spies; and pronouncer Ken from the Mix 96.5 Afternoon Drive!

A big warm hug and thank-you to our in-kind donors: The Mothlight; Mellow Mushroom; Blue Moon Water; Cecilia’s Kitchen; Black Mountain Brewing; Grace Baptist West Asheville

More pictures!

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